the stirrup

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Gucci is pleased to introduce the Stirrup bag, a new classic that revisits the past with a modern edge, while perfectly complementing Creative Director Frida Giannini’s seductive and glamorous collections.

Inspired by an iconic model from 1975, the Stirrup bag is a rigid frame style that boasts an intricate construction and unparalleled workmanship that reflects Gucci’s core values and longstanding expertise. From cutting the various components to the final polish, it takes a seasoned artisan almost two days to craft a Stirrup bag.
Echoing the House’s riding heritage, the overall shape evokes a stirrup and features a spur in light gold hardware on the front panel. This exquisite yet sober bag is available in soft calfskin, glossy ostrich, washed or shiny crocodile and painted python. Traditional manual techniques put in practice by master artisans further enhance the plush texture of the skins. For example, the washed crocodile requires two applications of hot wax color, subsequent hand daubing to create a “chiaroscuro” effect, and hand polishing and washing to obtain an aged look. The python instead is sprayed with three layers of color before being polished and ironed.

All the edges are hand sanded, brushed, painted and polished.  The interiors are just as precious, lined with either a tone-on-tone nappa or a cotton and linen blend.  The rich color palette is awash with spicy tones such as light brown, red and curry brown.
Introduced in 2012 Fall Winter season,  the Soft Stirrup bag is a supple interpretation of the House’s distinctive stirrup-shaped handbag and is available in luxurious materials such as washed calfskin and nubuck, both lined in either natural GG linen or leather, as well as exotic skins like python, ostrich and crocodile, all with suede lining.

The precious skins are the result of traditional manual techniques, put into practice by Gucci’s master artisans to further enhance the plush textures. The crocodile proves extremely soft and natural thanks to the application of special oils, while the aged yet shiny look of the python is the outcome of a multi-ironing process and other manual treatments.

Discover who is wearing the Stirrup Bag in the next pages of this article.
Salma Hayek-Pinault carried the medium top handle Stirrup bag in cuir ostrich while out in Venice on September 3, 2011.

Photo Courtesy: Gucci/Getty Images

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